Division of Graduate Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice Department
Nutrition Sciences Department
Bellet Building, Rm. 518
Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili’s research focuses on the role of nutrition on improving health outcomes in older adults across the care continuum. Additional interests include nutrition assessment, malnutrition, inflammation, sarcopenia, frailty, gerontechnology, and interprofessional nutrition and physical activity competencies.. During her John A. Hartford Foundation post-doctoral fellowship, she collaborated with interdisciplinary experts to incorporate biomarkers of nutrition and inflammation into her research model. Her most recent work includes funding from the American Nurses Foundation to explore Body Composition Changes and Late Postoperative Health Outcomes in Older Adults Undergoing Cardiac Surgery, and she is collaborating with a colleague in Biomedical Engineering to develop a smart device for use in older adults.
Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili publishes in nursing and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journals. She is on the Editorial Board for Biological Research for Nursing, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Nutrition in Clinical Practice, and Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics. In addition to disseminating research findings at national and international meetings, she is sought out to give invited presentations on geriatric nutrition.
Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili is recipient of several research and leadership awards. Awards include the 2006 Springer Award for a Distinguished Single Work of Research in Applied Geriatric Nursing, the 2009 Distinguished Nutrition Support Nurse Service award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition for her research contributions to the science of nutrition support nursing, and the 2009 Clinical Research Poster Award, 2nd Place, University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Aging Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat, 2011 American Academy of Nursing’s Infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into Curriculum Award, 2012 American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Stanley J. Dudrick Research Scholar Award, and Named to Top 100 Nursing Professors List 2012 by BSNtoMSN.org.
Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili is an active member in several professional organizations, including the Gerontological Society of America and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.). She serves on many national committees, including the Adult Malnutrition Education Outreach Group, Malnutrition Committee, and Sustain Scientific Council. Dr. Dimaria-Ghalili has also served as grant reviewer for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering at the National Institute of Health, Canadian Network Centres of Excellence Network Competition, and The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) Scientific TOP programme. In September 2012, Dr. DiMaria was invited to participate in a Working Group Meeting , convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on, Future Directions for Implementing Nutrition across the Continuum of Medical Education, Training and Research.